Uvalde shoots victim’s sister ‘begging’ for gun control

In an emotional testimony on Thursday, a 17-year-old girl whose younger sister was killed in the Uvalde school shooting last month said she is “begging” for new gun safety laws.

Jazmin Cazares urged Texas lawmakers to implement new policies after the May 24 massacre at Robb Elementary School that killed 19 students, including her 9-year-old brother, Jacqueline, and two teachers.

“The people who were supposed to keep him safe at school, they didn’t. They failed,” Cazares said Thursday during a hearing at the State Capitol in Austin.

Officials say gunman Salvador Ramos bought a semi-automatic rifle shortly after he turned 18, then opened fire inside the elementary school.

It was the deadliest school shooting in Texas history, and one of the deadliest in the United States.

“I’m here begging you guys to do something,” said Cazares.

Cazares, who was in tears during her testimony, described her younger sister as “one of the sweetest souls one could ever meet”.

Her emotional plea came the same day the Supreme Court in a 6-3 decision struck down New York’s secret gun law, saying Americans have the right to carry a firearm in public for self-defense.

Protesters from the Moms Demand Action group have been advocating for gun safety this week as the Uvalde shooting trial takes place. The group was at the Capitol building on Thursday, with one member holding a sign with a picture of Jacqueline.

Texas Director of Public Safety Colonel Steve McCraw testified Tuesday that the police response to the shooting was a “gross failure,” adding that Uvalde School District Police Chief Pete Arredondo prioritized the safety of his officers over children.

McCraw said armed officers were waiting for the keys to the classroom that the gunman was on that day, but the door could not be locked from inside.

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“I have very good reasons to believe (the door) was never safe,” McCraw said. “How about trying the door on and seeing if it’s locked?”

His testimony comes a day after reports that armed officers waited 58 minutes to storm the classroom.


Arredondo was placed on administrative leave on Wednesday by the superintendent of the Uvalde school district.

The day before, Uvalde City Council unanimously forbade Arredondo, who is also a council member, to take a leave of absence from public council meetings.

Residents of Uvalde, including the parents of the victims, met at a school board meeting on Monday and called for Arredondo to resign as the school district’s police chief.

“We all know that [the police] It’s messed up, we all know it wasn’t handled properly,” Ryan Ramirez, whose daughter Alithia was killed, said at the time. CNN, “You can do whatever you want to and make us happy, it won’t work. You all know what we want, accountability.”

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